Growler Airborne Electronic Attack Capability Facilities Project

Completion year 2018

Key People

Nigel Cooper

Mechanical Section Manager, Associate

Ashley Holm

Electrical Section Manager, Principal

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Phase 1 of Growler Airborne Electronic Attack Capability Aircraft (Growler) facilities is now operational in Australia with RAAF Base Amberley in QLD as the main facility – making Australia the only country in the world, other than the United States, operating Growler capability.

WGE’s electrical, energy services, fire protection, mechanical and vertical transportation services were heavily involved in design documentation for the Defence bases in QLD and NT.

The high security facilities include new squadron headquarters and hangars for the fleet of twelve EA-18G Growlers, as well as high-tech workshops, offices, car parks, flight simulator facilities and flight lines.

As Defence engineering consultants WGE operates within stringent security restrictions and the team is working closely with numerous key stakeholders to ensure the complex project is handled with appropriate sensitivity and adherence to Defence requirements.

The Growler facilities incorporate highly technical specifications in order to maintain the world-class electronic warfare system. The multi-stage project design plans are complex and integrate critical machinery and technology, including humidity and environmentally controlled aircraft workshops and the Tactical Operational Flight Trainer (TOFT) flight simulation.

Due to the remote nature of the NT base, the WGE energy services team worked on the implementation of a large state of the art hybrid solar PV system with battery and diesel generator backup for the new accommodation buildings and associated recreational facilities, range operation control offices, maintenance workshops and climate-controlled storage facilities. This power solution is predicted to save greater than $5 million in running cost over the life of the facility.

Phase 3 of the project includes an off-grid hybrid solar photovoltaic system for a facility in NT. The system combines solar PV, batteries and diesel generators.